Children and young people have 42 rights under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC).
These 42 rights give children and young people what they need to grow up happily, healthily and safely.
In 2011 Wales became the first country in the UK to make the UNCRC part of its domestic law.
Who is the Children’s Commissioner for Wales?
Roccio Cifuentes has been the Children’s Commissioner for Wales since April 2022. Her job is to tell people why children’s rights are so important, and to look at how the decisions made by public bodies in Wales, including Welsh Government, affect children’s rights.
She has a team of people who work with her to make this happen. If you would like to learn more about the work of the Children's Commissioner for Wales, click the link below.
Children's Right's Approach
A Children’s Rights Approach is a principled and practical framework for working with children, grounded in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
It’s about placing the UNCRC at the core of a child’s experience of education and at the core of school planning, teaching, decision-making, policies and practice.
The model set out has been developed for education settings in Wales and is applicable across the educational sector, to both statutory and non-statutory provision.
The principles of a Children’s Rights Approach are:
- Embedding children’s rights - at Llanrhidian this means that all policies are underpinned by the UNCRC, and all our community know and understand about children's rights.
- Equality and Non-discrimination - at Llanrhidian we make sure that every child aspires to be the best they can be. This is encapsulated in our school Vision and Mission statements.
- Empowering children - At Llanrhidian pupils are actively involved in planning their curriculum. All learning opportunities are designed to develop independence for life long learning.
- Participation - At Llanrhidian adults and pupils share the decision making and together drive policy and change.
- Accountability - Llanrhidian Primary School is held to account for how pupils experience their rights by the governing body and pupil voice groups.
Know Your Rights!
The United nations have a list of all the rights that children have. This list is called the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child or UNCRC for short. These rights are the things that children need to be safe, healthy and happy.
The three underlying principles of children's rights are:-